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25th Nov '16 3:38:20 PM SomberCaelifera
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** Lampshaded in the episode "Hell Bent", where a Gallifreyan soldier lowers his weapon while facing the Doctor, siding with him instead of Rassilon, saying, "The first thing you will notice about the Doctor of War is that he is unarmed. For many, it is also the last."

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** Lampshaded in the episode "Hell Bent", where a Gallifreyan soldier soldier, having been ordered to shoot him, lowers his weapon while facing the Doctor, siding with him instead of Rassilon, saying, "The first thing you will notice about the Doctor of War is that he is unarmed. For many, it is also the last."



* Private Godfrey in ''Series/DadsArmy''. In one episode it's revealed that he was a conscientious objector during the First World War, causing many of his friends to regard him as a coward and lose respect for him. He earns it all back by the end of the episode when it's further revealed that he applied for training as a [[TheMedic field medic]], and won medals for bravery by venturing into No Man's Land in search of wounded soldiers and carrying them on his back, across the barbed wire and minefields of the Battle of the Somme, to safety. He thinks that his Milatary medal is "too garish" for someone like him.

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* Private Godfrey in ''Series/DadsArmy''. In one episode it's revealed that he was a conscientious objector during the First World War, causing many of his friends to regard him as a coward and lose respect for him. He earns it all back by the end of the episode when it's further revealed that he applied for training as a [[TheMedic field medic]], and won medals for bravery by venturing into No Man's Land in search of wounded soldiers and carrying them on his back, across the barbed wire and minefields of the Battle of the Somme, to safety. He thinks that his Milatary military medal is "too garish" for someone like him.
19th Nov '16 12:25:43 PM ladyofthelibrary
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* Henry of DigimonTamers is this trope and like many things in his series, is a Deconstruction. He focuses so thoroughly on the Pacifist part that he endangers himself and others. His character arc is learning that [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped there are times when you have to fight for the greater good.]]
17th Nov '16 4:19:41 AM NNinja
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* JoanOfArc; there was never any record that she killed anyone personally, despite [[ActionGirl carrying a battle standard and leading an army.]]
11th Nov '16 5:01:26 AM NNinja
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* As court battles don't (usually) involve violence but ''do'' involve facing dangerous criminals ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' naturally sprouts a few of these.
** [[CrusadingLawyer Phoenix Wright]] faces dangers both in and out of courtroom, ranging from poisoners to mafia to [[AmoralAttorney Amoral Prosecutors]], never once backing down when he believes in his clients innocence. Outside of courtroom he once ran on burning bridge to make sure his partner is safe, and investigated a case while having 39 degrees[[labelnote:note]]102,2 in Fahrenheit scale[[/labelnote]] fever to protect person he cares about. His probably biggest baddas moment is early in ''Spirit of Justice'' when he defends the kid he barely knows accused of murder and then learns that in Khura'in lawyers face the same punishment as they clients if they fail. He gets chance to walk out without consequences and ''refuses''.
** [[TheMentor Mia Fey]] is, for most part, a PosthumousCharacter. Which doesn't stop her from helping Phoenix many times through the [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney first trilogy]], taking down a blackmailer who had coonections to many major figures in the country or saving her sister several times. In her backstory she manages to be ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend ''without being violent'' when she tracks down a girl who attacked her boyfriend and makes sure she'll rot in prison.
** [[FriendlyRival Miles Edgeworth]] a.k.a. [[RedBaron Demon Prosecutor]] faces opponents ranging from common murderers, to smuggling rings, to masterminds behind [[spoiler: presidential assasination]], and always manages to find the truth. His most baddas moment was his claim that "[[BadassBoast no one gest away with murder in his office]]" said to guy who was ''holding him at gunpoint''.
** [[HeroWithBadPublicity Dhurke]], leader of [[LaResistance Defiant Dragons]], faces the evil regime while swearing not to shed blood. By the time ''Spirit of Justice'' starts he's been fighting for 23 years and[[spoiler: he finally succeds in overthrowing Ga'ran in the final case]]. Even [[spoiler: ''his own death'']] couldn't stop him from saving both Maya and Apollo.
--> "[[BadassCreed A Dragon Never Yields]]"
30th Oct '16 6:35:05 AM Anddrix
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* Mirana, the White Queen in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland''. Her sister Iracebeth usurped her throne, stole her crown, and exiled her to a small corner of the realm while wreaking gleeful havoc upon the land and its residents. [[spoiler:When the time for vengeance was at hand, Mirana acknowledged that the appropriate punishment would be death; instead, however, she banished Iracebeth to the Outlands and forbade any of the citizenry to ever speak a word to her for the rest of her life -- and the way she did it, you ''knew'' she meant business. Because this was her first act as restored monarch, it managed to be a CrowningMomentOfAwesome and an AwesomeMomentOfCrowning all at once.]]

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* Mirana, the White Queen in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland''.''Film/AliceInWonderland2010''. Her sister Iracebeth usurped her throne, stole her crown, and exiled her to a small corner of the realm while wreaking gleeful havoc upon the land and its residents. [[spoiler:When the time for vengeance was at hand, Mirana acknowledged that the appropriate punishment would be death; instead, however, she banished Iracebeth to the Outlands and forbade any of the citizenry to ever speak a word to her for the rest of her life -- and the way she did it, you ''knew'' she meant business. Because this was her first act as restored monarch, it managed to be a CrowningMomentOfAwesome and an AwesomeMomentOfCrowning all at once.]]
9th Oct '16 6:14:44 PM Saveelich
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* ''Film/HacksawRidge'', based on the life of Desmond Thomas Doss (see Real Life below).
6th Oct '16 5:52:35 PM Malady
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* ''FanFic/MyLittleMagesTheNightmaresReturn'': Just like in canon, Fluttershy would prefer not to fight, if possible. However, this doesn't mean she won't [[spoiler:bring plants to life and]] immobilize you, like she does with the Diamond Dogs.
7th Aug '16 8:13:00 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* Solveig from ''Theatre/PeerGynt'' by Creator/HenrikIbsen. She qualifies by taking down an EldritchAbomination ''twice''. The first time through singing. The second time by just calmly ''sitting there''.
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3rd Aug '16 7:27:34 PM SoapheadChurch
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* [[UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi Mohandas Gandhi]] endured a great deal of hardship while engineering his vision of nonviolent civil disobedience as a means to social change. His activism is considered a major factor in winning India's independence. Gandhi repeatedly insisted that pacifism is a braver action than violence, and even admitted that he found violence preferable to cowardice.
** The full quote is, "It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence." Nonviolence must be pursued with zeal, courage and conviction; you must be willing to accept death, injury or imprisonment. If you think fighting is a good idea but you're simply unwilling to risk your life yourself, then you have no place in a nonviolent movement.

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* [[UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi Mohandas Gandhi]] endured a great deal of hardship while engineering his vision of nonviolent civil disobedience as a means to social change. His activism is considered a major factor in winning India's independence. Gandhi repeatedly insisted that pacifism is a braver action than violence, and even admitted that he found violence preferable to cowardice.
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cowardice. The full quote is, "It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence." Nonviolence must be pursued with zeal, courage and conviction; you must be willing to accept death, injury or imprisonment. If you think fighting is a good idea but you're simply unwilling to risk your life yourself, then you have no place in a nonviolent movement.



* Nonviolent social movements such as the Indian Independence movement, certain portions of the American CivilRightsMovement (though the Black Panther Party and Malcolm X were hardly the only ones to advocate more violent tactics), and Otpor! in Serbia were essentially ''[[BadassArmy armies]]'' of Badass Pacifists.

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* Nonviolent social movements such as the Indian Independence movement, certain portions of the American CivilRightsMovement (though the Black Panther Party and Malcolm X were hardly the only ones to advocate more violent tactics), CivilRightsMovement, and Otpor! in Serbia were essentially ''[[BadassArmy armies]]'' of Badass Pacifists.



* Military [[TheMedic Medics.]] Under international law, medics are not allowed to engage in combat or be deliberately attacked. They earn a disproportionate number of praise and formal commendations for bravery in combat, the US military-medal for this being the 'Medal of Honour'. Note that medics ''are'' allowed to act in self-defence or in the defense of their patient(s).
** Specifically, the penalty for a medic who engages in offensive action is that the medic's protected status is considered void. Likewise, medical vehicles and personnel have to be clearly identifiable and must conform to many other rules. Against nations or organizations which do not obey the laws of land warfare, this punishment is rather lacking in teeth. In the US' wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, medics did not expect insurgents to refrain from targeting them and line medics rarely refrained from assaulting with their infantrymen.

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* Military [[TheMedic Medics.]] Under international law, medics are not allowed to engage in combat or be deliberately attacked. They earn a disproportionate number of praise and formal commendations for bravery in combat, the US military-medal for this being the 'Medal of Honour'. Note that medics ''are'' allowed to act in self-defence or in the defense of their patient(s).
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patient(s). The penalty for a medic who engages in offensive action is that the medic's protected status is considered void. Likewise, medical vehicles and personnel have to be clearly identifiable and must conform to many other rules. Against nations or organizations which do not obey the laws of land warfare, this punishment is rather lacking in teeth. In the US' wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, medics did not expect insurgents to refrain from targeting them and line medics rarely refrained from assaulting with their infantrymen.



* Similarly, disciples of Mohism were sought after because of their brilliance in military strategy and siege engineering. Why? Because their pacifist philosophy meant that they believed in using defensive warfare to protect smaller states from aggressive warfare.



* American conscientious objectors would often enlist as smoke jumpers during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[HonorBeforeReason to prove]] that they were not slackers. As most fit young men were gone off to war the forest service was very glad to have them.
** Some British conscientious objectors volunteered as Bevin boys to work in coal mines for similar reasons.

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* American conscientious objectors would often enlist as smoke jumpers during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[HonorBeforeReason to prove]] that they were not slackers. As most fit young men were gone off to war the forest service was very glad to have them.
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them. Some British conscientious objectors volunteered as Bevin boys to work in coal mines for similar reasons.
1st Aug '16 12:05:38 PM NoSpoilerz
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*** The quote is "to bring a sword" not "to bring war", which while very possible to interpret militarilistically, can also be used to describe a splitting or a cutting in two. Considering he then goes on to discuss the splitting of family due to loyalty to his message, and Paul's later use of the sword of truth metaphor "splitting bone from marrow" there is good ground to stand on regarding a metaphorical reading. Even more when one considers Jesus' continual criticism and condemnation of violence, this would be the consistent reading.
*** This isn't even an example of "This passage contradicts that Passage". They're the same passage (Luke 22), Jesus states Specifically that they are to buy swords (alongside a purse and a bag) so that they can fulfill the prophesy that the messiah will be numbered amongst the transgressors (criminals). Of note, when the disciples say they have two swords, and Jesus answered "That's enough" which is ridiculous if they are intended to be used to defend twelve men against trained soldiers. The passage then goes on to the actual arrest where Peter cuts off the soldier's ear and is reprimanded for the action. If Jesus was intended the swords to be used for self defense, then reprimanding Peter makes no real sense at all, as that is exactly what he used his sword for. Passages in [[Literature/TheBIble The Bible]] are often ripped out of context like this by both religious and non religious people to say things it clearly was not meant to say.
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